13 Memes for a Military PCS

13 Memes for a Military PCS

13 Memes for a Military PCS PCSing! A big part of being a military spouse is moving every few years. While some families move after a just year and some don’t move for five or more, most military families are moving at least every 3-4 years. And that doesn’t include moving to a different home at the same duty station. I have been through three PCS moves myself. We moved from Kentucky to Germany, within Germany, and then to Tennessee. In addition to that, I have probably moved about 15 times since leaving my parents house. Moving isn’t very much …

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The Truth About Military Duty Stations

The Truth About Military Duty Stations

The Truth About Military Duty Stations I just wanted to go home. I hated it there. Everything about that place was starting to get on my nerves. We were still months away from PCSing and the closer that date got, the harder it was to be patient. I wanted to move so badly. Live somewhere else. Get out of where we were. Looking back, it seems unreal that I thought this about being stationed in Germany. Being stationed in Europe is a dream come true. Doing so was an amazing experience and one I am very thankful for. But after …

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Moving Every Few Years As a Military Family Isn’t a Bad Thing

Moving Every Few Years As a Military Family Isn't a Bad Thing

Moving Every Few Years As a Military Family Isn’t a Bad Thing I have been visiting my family this summer; they still live in the house I grew up in. We moved in when I was just five years old, and I lived there until I left their home at the age of 18, going off to college. I grew up in this city. I graduated high school with most of the same people I started 1st grade with. Almost every part of this city has a memory attached to it. As I was driving home from meeting a friend …

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30 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Live On Post At Your Next Duty Station

30 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Live On Post At Your Next Duty Station

30 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Live On Post At Your Next Duty Station There are so many decisions to make about moving. When you go to your next duty station, one of the most important questions you will have is whether to live on post or off. What is the better choice? Here are 30 reasons why you shouldn’t live on post at your next duty station. But know, there are also 30 reasons why you should living on post so make sure to weigh the pros and cons of both. 1. All military, all the time If you live …

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Why Colorado Springs is a Fantastic Place to Live

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Why Colorado Springs is a Fantastic Place to Live This is a sponsored post by Susanna Haynie of Your Colorado Springs House. A wonderful resource for those who are moving to the Colorado Springs area.  Colorado is a fantastic place to live, and there are those who yearn for the opportunity to go there. From the perfect climate and fresh mountain air, Colorado Springs is a treasure and delightful place to make a home. Fit and Active With nearly 300 days of sun, you can’t help but get active when you live here. After all, you are living in a place where other people come …

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The 15 Stages of a Military PCS

The 15 Stages of a Military PCS PCS season is around the corner and life is getting quite hectic for quite a few military families. Although it has been a while since our family has gone through a military PCS, I remember the process and how stressful and crazy everything can be. 1. Bored and ready to move After you have been at your duty station for two or three years, you probably start to feel ready to make a change. You know you are going to be moving this year, you want to know where, and you are ready to start the process. 2. Soft orders, start planning You hear where you are going to go. If you are happy with this choice, you are worried that will change. If you are not, you are praying it will. You still need to be patient to wait for the physical orders before any of your PCS dreams (or nightmares) can come true. 3. Orders change Your orders have changed. You assumed you would be spending the next three years in Hawaii, sorry, it's El Paso. There is still a chance they could change again, but you aren't holding out much hope. Try to just go with the flow and to not worry too much about the changes until things become set in stone. 4. Hard orders cut, it's for real Okay, you are going to this duty station. This is for real. Time to start your planning. You start asking in your local Facebook groups and Google all things about your new duty station. This is an exciting time, but then you start to feel a bit overwhelmed. 5. Stressed out with all you have to do There is so much to do with a PCS. So many lists to make. So much to get done beyond your everyday lives. Make sure to create some system for everything you have to do and all the paperwork you need. Starting a PCS binder can be a very good idea but you can also just make sure you have a safe place for everything that is easy to take with you on the plane or in your car. 6. Get organized and plan This is the stage where you decide if you want to live on base or not. If you want to live off, where you should find a house. Should you rent or buy? What about the schools? Take your time and try to relax about this part. There is going to be a lot of information out there and some of it, you can wait until after you are moved to figure it all out. Check out PCSGrades for reviews on different areas near where you will be moving. 7. Movers come, stuff goes The day has come for the movers to pack up all of your earthly goods. Make sure to get your movers some lunch and offer snacks. They will appreciate it. Don't pack your trash and make sure anything you want to take with you is safely locked in your car or a room the movers won't go in. 8. All those last minute things It wouldn't be a PCS without all the last minute things you will need to do. From cleaning out your home to making sure you have turned in all those library books before you leave. Reward yourself with a Starbucks or a cupcake after you get everything done. And breathe. 9. Saying goodbye Saying goodbye to friends is the worst. Try to say, "see you later." Make sure you are connected on Facebook, that is where your friends will now live. Enjoy the last few days you have together and remember, the military is a small world and you could get stationed together again someday. 10. Physically moving Now it's time to either leave for the airport or get in your car to drive away from your home for the last 2-4 years. Adventure awaits, and once you reach this step, you start to feel like everything is going to work out. Remember to bring plenty of snacks and make sure you leave time for pee breaks if you are driving, especially if you have small children. 11. Hotel living We were lucky, and the longest we have had to stay in a hotel was a week. Others have to stay in them for much longer to wait for housing. Try to be creative with planning your hotel stay and remember, eventually you will live in an actual house, with a real kitchen and no hotel keys. 12. Your stuff is here Yay! Your stuff in here, you have moved into your new home and life is about it get much better. No more sleeping on an air mattress and your son finally gets to play Xbox again. 13. Unpacking hell Time to unpack and unpack and then spend more time unpacking. Just get it done. All of it. You will be glad you did. 14. Make new friends Now that you are at your new duty station, time to make new friends. This can be difficult but putting yourself out there is a must. Start with just saying hi to a neighbor or going to a playgroup with your kids. Making friends will take time but once you do you will feel more at home no matter where you are stationed. 15. Relax in your new home Whether you are in a 3rd story two-bedroom apartment in Germany or have bought your first ranch house outside of Ft. Carson, enjoy your new home. This will be where you will live for the next few years. Bloom where you are stationed even if you are sad to be there. Adventures await! If you are going through a PCS right now, what stage are you in?

The 15 Stages of a Military PCS PCS season is around the corner and life is getting quite hectic for quite a few military families. Although it has been a while since our family has gone through a military PCS, I remember the process and how stressful and crazy everything can be. 1. Bored and ready to move After you have been at your duty station for two or three years, you probably start to feel ready to make a change. You know you are going to be moving this year, you want to know where, and you are ready …

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How PCSing Overseas Will Change You Forever

How PCSing Overseas Will Change You Forever

How PCSing Overseas Will Change You Forever We got on the train headed for our new home in Schweinfurt, Germany. I had never been to Europe before. I hadn’t even been to Canada. Only parts of Mexico back in high school. I was in another world, but one that looked similar to my own. As we got on that train, filled with German businessmen and women, I realized something that stuck with me during our time overseas. That no matter where you live or where you grew up, people are people and just trying to do the best they can …

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When You Get PCS Orders to a Place You Don’t Want to Go

When You Get PCS Orders to a Place You Don't Want to Go

When You Get PCS Orders to a Place You Don’t Want to Go This post contains affiliate links!  You are waiting on PCS orders, hoping for Hawaii or even Germany. If you can’t go OCONUS, you are pulling for Fort Carson, your best friend lives there and you have heard so many good things. Your spouse comes home with orders for Fort Bliss. After 5 years overseas you just want to get stationed somewhere on the East Coast so you will be just a few hours from your family. You learn you will be PCSing to Fort Lewis in Washington. …

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Why Military Families Need a Dog

Why Military Families Need a Dog

Why Military Families Need a Dog I knew we would probably always get a dog someday. I grew up with a cat, I didn’t know dogs very well but I knew our family would have one someday. My husband grew up with dogs and even worked with military working dogs in 2011. He knew dogs so I knew that he would help me figure things out once we got one. We had talked about getting a dog once things settled down after my husband got out of Active duty. But, one day, a few months before his ETS date he …

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21 Tips For A Better Military PCS

21 Tips For A Better Military PCS

21 Tips For A Better Military PCS I remember the day well. My mom was watching my 18-month-old son and I was waiting at my apartment for the movers to come. It was moving day for our very first PCS. We were headed to Germany and the day had finally come for the movers to start packing up all of our belongings overseas. It would be about six weeks before we would see our stuff again. I was not a stranger to moving. By this point I had probably moved about 12 or 13 times in my life, most of …

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